AGE -- 37
POSITION -- Development specialist with the quasi-public Prince George's County Economic Development Corp., retaining, expanding and attacting new commercial development.
HOME -- Zip Code 20744, Fort Washington, in southern Prince George's County near the Potomac River.
LIFE STORY -- Born in Gainesville, Fla., the second of six children, Jackson grew up an Army brat. Her father was a master sergeant in an elite Nike missile unit. His tours of duty took the family to Texas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, and twice each to California and Germany.
Because the military was the first and most desegregated American institution, and because the quality of housing the military supplied its families was based on rank, Jackson grew up in a predominantly white world. Thus, when she was ready for college during the social turmoil of the late 1960s, she decided to enroll in Florida A&M University, a historically black school in Tallahassee, because, she said, she felt she was "culturally lacking."
Meanwhile, in 1966, when her father's 20 years with the Army was up, the family members systematically researched where in America they should settle. They came to the conclusion that California and Washington had the best employment and educational opportunities for them. Washington won, but when Jackson's mother Louvenia Havely visited the city, she says she was horrified to discover that houses didn't have much in the way of yards for children to play in and the language employed by the residents of some neighborhoods was more colorful than anything she had encountered with the military.
That's when the family discovered Glenarden, north of the Capital Centre in Prince George's County. The new housing there was undeniably suburban, yet the incorporated town was overwhelmingly black, with a black mayor and black city council. The family moved into a brand new four-bedroom split-level.
FAMILY -- Jackson now lives in a pool-equipped home in Fort Washington with her two sons, Cormac, 14, and Honore', 13, who are in the Prince George's public schools, and her mother, who has worked as a program coordinator and administrative assistant.